The 2016 American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Conference

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A dentist with more than two decades of experience in the San Francisco Bay area, Cynthia Stephenson, DDS, is the owner of a general and cosmetic dentistry practice in Walnut Creek. Dr. Cynthia Stephenson holds membership with a number of dentistry associations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).

Established in 1984, the AACD is currently host to more than 6,000 industry professionals including dentists, lab technicians, and researchers from around the world. Each year, the academy gathers this global community at their four-day conference held during the spring in a select North American city.

AACD 2016 took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in late April, and provided attendees with a wide range of workshops and lectures, all of which doubled as Approved Continuing Education accreditation courses.

To ensure each participant had the best possible experience at the conference, the sessions were categorized with a number of criteria. Attendees could build their schedule with full knowledge of which sessions would best serve them, based on their skill level (foundational, intermediate, or advanced), their specific profession in the industry, their interest in clinical or non-clinical topics, and the number of credits earned.

In addition to extensive course selection, AACD 2016 offered planned outings to explore the host city, daily receptions, and a fundraising event supporting the Give Back a Smile charity.

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Symptoms and Treatment of TMJ Syndrome

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Dr. Cynthia Stephenson
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Cynthia Stephenson, DDS, is the owner of a general and cosmetic dentistry practice in Walnut Creek, California. At the clinic, Dr. Cynthia Stephenson and her team provide a wide variety of services including TMJ treatments.

The temporomandibular joint, better known as TMJ, is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. When an individual experiences pain in this region, they may be diagnosed with TMJ syndrome.

Though caused by a problem with the joint itself, the pain from TMJ syndrome may be felt in the rest of the face and ear, or cause neck pain and headaches. The jaw may lock in place, click or pop during chewing, or be difficult to maneuver.

While home remedies such as applying an ice pack, massage, and anti-inflammatory medication can ease or eradicate TMJ pain, medical treatment may be required for more serious cases.

Physical therapy is often recommended in these instances. The treatment is safe and non-invasive and is known to be beneficial. In extreme cases, when all other avenues have been exhausted or an internal issue is suspected, surgery may be undertaken. The procedure, called arthrocentesis, employs local anesthesia and needle, which is inserted to clean and moisten the joint.